KOREAN CLASSICS | WOO JUNG | UP TO £8

ST. GILES | WC2

spicy squid and veg on rice at Woo Jung, Centre Point Food Centre

spicy squid and veg on rice at Woo Jung, Centre Point Food Centre

Don't come to Woo Jung for its looks or ambience, because it's a simple affair in the basement of a supermarket. But for plates of cheap and filling Korean food against a K-Pop backdrop, you're in the right place.

I went for spicy squid and vegetables on rice (ojingeo deopbap). Stir-fried with distinctive Korean hot pepper flake paste, the squid was bouncy, sweet and seriously spicy. Mixed with plenty of courgettes and green peppers, and served with a load of rice, you'll leave truly stuffed.

They're a small outfit with a vast menu, and they were out of some items when I visited, but the thrifty eater will have plenty to choose from. Also under £8 is the bibimbap at £7.50, omurice (fried rice omelette) for £7.50, kimchi stew with rice for £7.90, or bulgogi and rice £7.90.

Note that Woo Jung was formerly a standalone restaurant, and an outdated store sign refers to 'Hana Food Cafe'. But it's now Woo Jung at the back of the Centre Point Food Store and down the stairs. Note you can BYOB for £1 corkage, or simply buy your booze from the supermarket upstairs.

Words and photography | Steph Chan

Location
Centre Point Food Store, 73 New Oxford Street WC1A 1DG

Opening hours
Mon - Sat | 12pm - 10pm

Tel | +44 (0)20 7836 3103

Last updated | 10th Oct 2016

 
the entrance to Woo Jung at the back of Centre Point Food Store

the entrance to Woo Jung at the back of Centre Point Food Store